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i am now posting to you from knoppix live cd, this baffles me? how come knoppix, i know its meant to be great for suto detecting etc.. but why can this pick up everything automatically and mandrake not? im so suprised i am even listining to mp3s off my ntfs windows partition, its great, im just thinking that maybe i will install this to the hard drive now and play around untill maybe i get a little bit more comfortable with linux? still would have been nice to have gotten mandrake working. if anyone knows please advise on best way to install this, i have a page of instructions but if possible i would like to install grub or something so there is a choice between windows and linux? will this be a simple choice during the installation??
It's good that you can get something working but did you ever try downloading a driver from the ATI site? It might just be that Knoppix can figure out the video card and has a driver it can use but Mandrake doesn't. ATI doesn't have great linux drivers but I believe they're functional and they might be the solution. Even if you decide to stick with Knoppix you should still grab the ATI drivers as they're probably alot better than the default ones.
Perhaps the route to go then is to do a Knoppix hard drive install and then progress with the Debian approach or get straight into Debian.
Having spent some time with you on this problem I'm at a loss as to the cause of your display problem as it appears that you do have valid screens. The system should not be putting display into sleep mode since you have not told it to do so.
1. make sure Mandrake recognizes and can work with your vid card. Contact the maker and ask them. if not, get another card that IS supported by Mandrake.
2. Make sure your vid card supports different version of XFree. For example my NVIDIA doesnt support XFRee ver 4, but it has no problems with XFRee ver 3. Maybe you should set up to a lower XFree version.
I KNOW this is a pain but you showed enough brains to get KNOPPIX and try that instead, so there is defiently good chance you will make it. Best thing is not to gte frustrated. One of Linux's weak points is that not all hardware is supported. This IS changing, but slowlly.
well i noticed that on knoppix when i looked around in the control center, the monitors sync rates wee 30-55 and 50-150, and the driver that it was using for my graphics card was "All", what does that mean, if i changed it to ATI there are about 4 different radeons with extensions such as ATI Radeon QD etc... which i do not know what they are? i think i will install this to the harddrive at least untill i know more and am confident with commands and stuff like that within linux! thankyou for all your help!